CLEVNET

CLEVNET is a consortium of  library systems across Northeast Ohio with millions of items available to you.  CLEVNET allows you access to the vast collections of every participating library.

Click here to learn more about CLEVNET.

Click here for a list of CLEVNET member libraries.

Library Use & Library Card FAQs

HOW DO I GET A LIBRARY CARD?

You need a library card to borrow items from the Library.  Library cards are free and anyone can get a Sandusky Library card!   Library Card Sign Up is located at the Main Circulation Desk or at the Children’s Services Desk.

You will need a photo ID and proof of your current address to apply. A Parent or Legal Guardian must be present at the Library with children (under 18) who are applying for a card. Parents/Guardians are required to sign for the card.

Your library card is like your credit card. You are responsible for anything borrowed with your card. If you lose your card, tell staff right away.

When you first get your library card, you will be limited to five (5) items checked out on your library card until it has been verified. It takes approximately 12 weeks to verify your card.

We value your right to confidential library records, therefore, we will only release account information to you (including over the phone or via email) if you have the card number or can verify your identity as the cardholder. This includes parents wishing to see a child’s record.

LIBRARY POLICIES AND FORMS

Sandusky Library's mission is "Giving all people opportunities to enrich their lives."  The Library is free and open to the public, however, there are rules of conduct.

POLICIES AND FORMS
Circulation Policies
Rules of Conduct
Digital Media Studio User/Agreement Form
Special Collections Reproduction Policy
Photograph Collection Reproduction Request and Application for Permission to Use Form

You must bring your library card or a photo ID to borrow items from the Library.  If you've lost your card, please let Library staff know as soon as possible.

Click here to view the publication Keeping Kids Safer on the Internet.
This publication gives parents and guardians the information that they need to talk to their children about issues like cyberbullying, social networking sites (like Facebook), inappropriate online content, violence online, and hate speech. Library staff encourages parents and guardians to review this information with their children.

We value your right to confidential library records, therefore, we will only release account information to you (including over the phone or via email) if you have the card number or can verify your identity as the cardholder. This includes parents wishing to see a child’s record.

HOW DO I ACCESS MY CLEVNET LIBRARY ACCOUNT?

You will need your library card number and PIN to access your CLEVNET Library Account. Click here to access your account.  You can see what items you have checked out or have on hold, you can renew items, place holds, pay fines, and more.

WHAT IS MY PIN NUMBER OR WHAT IF I HAVE FORGOTTEN MY PIN NUMBER?

Your PIN is usually the last 4 digits of the phone number you gave us when you registered for your library card.

If you have forgotten your PIN, you can access your account (My Account > Account Settings), stop by the Library, or call us at 419-625-3834 to reset your PIN. You can choose any PIN you’d like, up to four characters or numbers.

HOW DO I RENEW MY LIBRARY CARD?

You can renew your card online using your CLEVNET Library Account, over the phone (call us 419-625-3834) or at check-out. Library cards need to be renewed every two years. You will need your library card number and PIN to access your account.

Click here to access your account.

WHAT IF I LOSE MY LIBRARY CARD?

Please call the Library immediately so we can assign you a new card and transfer your record. This protects you in case someone tries to use your lost or stolen card.

HOW DO I UPDATE MY CONTACT INFORMATION?

You can update your information through your online CLEVENT Library Account or you can give us updated information in person, by phone, or via email.

Click here to access your account.

HOW DO I PLACE A HOLD OR REQUEST ITEMS?

You can request and hold items three ways from any CLEVNET library:

  • Online through your CLEVNET Library Account. Click here to access your account.  Log in with your library card number or username and PIN (usually your birthdate).
    • When you find the title and format you want, click the green “Place a Hold” button, select the location where you’d like to pick up your item and confirm your hold.
  • Over the phone by calling us at 419-625-3834.
  • In person at the Library.    You will need your library card number or photo ID.

Items borrowed from another library in the CLEVNET system are subject to the loan period and overdue fees of the loaning Library.

HOW CAN I RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT MY HOLD IS IN?

Click here to sign up for notifications.  You can sign up to receive a phone call, email, or text.

Technology Services

THE DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIO

The Digital Media Studio is available to individuals 18 years and older and minors accompanied by an adult.

A class or one-on-one Book-A-Librarian session is required prior to using the studio so that you can become familiar with the software and equipment. Software available includes GarageBand, Logic Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iPhoto, and Photoshop.

The Digital Media Studio consist of three spaces.

VISUAL RECORDING STUDIO
Equipment for use includes a Canon Rebel camera with HD video recording, a portable Flip Video UltraHD camera, a portable lighting kit, backdrops, and green screen wall.

SOUND RECORDING STUDIO
Equipment for use includes audio and instrumental microphones, a pop screen, and an iMac with GarageBand installed.

EDITING STUDIO
Equipment for use includes four Mac computers.  Software available includes: GarageBand, Logic Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, iPhoto, and Photoshop. We also can show you how to create a Podcast using GarageBand.

To register for a class, to request a one-on-one session, or for a list of equipment, call the Library at 419-625-3834 or stop by the Children's Services Desk.

USE OUR DIGITAL MEDIA STUDIO FOR YOUR SKYPE JOB INTERVIEW

Book the Sound Recording Studio in our Digital Media Studio for your Skype job interview. This is a private room with a computer that has Skype loaded and ready to go. We can help you create a Skype account and show you how to use it. To schedule an appointment, call the Library at 419-625-3834.

TECH TUTOR

Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m.
If you have a computer, laptop, phone or device, we are here to help you learn more about them!

Drop by for a quick session with one of our Tech Tutors who can help you:

  • use the features on your online Library account to renew items and place holds
  • search the Library catalog or databases and download eBooks, audiobooks, movies, and music (you can do this with Hoopla, too!)
  • search the internet or set up an email account
  • get started with Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram
  • Learn how to organize your files on your computer
  • Learn more about Hoopla, Lynda.com, and Flipster

One-on-One appointments are also available by calling the Library at 419-625-3834.

*Unfortunately, our Tech Tutors cannot help you diagnose or repair software or hardware errors, nor are they able to help with programming or advanced applications such as AutoCAD, etc.

BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN (ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENT)

BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN (ONE-ON-ONE APPOINTMENT)

A lot of information is out there. Let us be your personal guide! This service, available to Sandusky Library cardholders, allows you to receive personal assistance from a librarian for 30 minutes (twice per month). Requests for specific times depend on staff availability. To schedule a session, call the Library at 419-625-3834.

8 MM/SUPER 8 FILM TO DIGITAL CONVERSION STATION

Do you have family movies on film? We have equipment that allows you to convert your film reels (up to 9") to digital format and save on a SD Memory Card (no larger than 32 GB).

Please bring an 8 to 32 GB SD Memory Card.

Stop by the Reference Services Desk or call us to schedule time to use the film converter or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Sandusky Library, its Board, employees, and agents are not responsible for any loss or damage to a patron's personal property when using conversion equipment.

SLIDE AND PHOTO TO DIGITAL CONVERSION STATION

Do you have family memories on slides?  Photos that you want to scan and save?

You can scan your slides and photos and save them to a USB (preferred) , DVD, or SD Memory Card.

Please bring an USB, DVD, or SD Memory Card for saving your files.

Stop by the Reference Services Desk or call us to schedule to use the slide/photo scanner or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Sandusky Library, its Board, employees, and agents are not responsible for any loss or damage to a patron's personal property when using conversion equipment.

VHS TAPE TO DIGITAL CONVERSION STATION

Do you have family movies saved on VHS or Beta tapes?

We offer equipment and software that allows you to convert and edit your family videos to a USB or DVD.

Please bring an 8 GB or larger USB or blank DVD for saving your files. For videos longer than two hours, we suggest a dual layer DVD.

Stop by the Reference Services Desk or call us to schedule time to use the VHS  tape converter or for more information.

PLEASE NOTE:  Sandusky Library, its Board, employees, and agents are not responsible for any loss or damage to a patron's personal property when using conversion equipment.

Archives Research Center

ARCHIVES RESEARCH CENTER

The Library’s vast collection of photographs, maps, letters, newspapers, historical documents, rare books, and artifacts are available to scholars, researchers, and general library users within the Archives Research Center.

You also will find quiet work tables, microfilm reader-printers, and a copier. There is also a computer that provides public access to the City of Sandusky – Oakland Cemetery Interment Record Index.

Reference librarians are available to assist you in using these resources.

There is also a state-of-the-art preservation workroom, a high-density storage room, and offices for Archives and Museum Services staff and interns.

For local history researchers, the Library’s online catalog of archival images and artifacts available for browsing through PastPerfect.  You can purchase copies of archival images for display in your home or office.

For further information, call us at 419-625-3834 or you may speak with the Reference librarian on duty.

THE COLLECTION:

This collection of archival materials includes books, maps, manuscripts, photographs, artifacts, and other items that chronicle the history of the city of Sandusky and Erie County. Used extensively by scholars and researchers from all over the country, the Archives have been an important part of the Library's collection from its inception in 1902.

Because much of the collection is irreplaceable, the archival materials are not for circulation. Photocopies of archival holdings are available at a charge for research purposes only. Requests for publication of archival holdings must be in writing, and copyright approval must be obtained from the copyright holder. Mail inquiries are welcome; however, staff is not able to accommodate written requests for extensive research.

POLICIES, PROCEDURES, AND RULES FOR RESEARCHERS

Because much of the collection is irreplaceable, the archival materials are not for circulation, and books in the collection are, in general, not available through interlibrary loan. Photocopies of archival holdings are available at a charge for research purposes only. Requests for publication of archival holdings must be in writing, and copyright approval must be obtained from the copyright holder. Mail inquiries are welcome; however, staff is not able to accommodate written requests for extensive research.

One computer provides public access to the City of Sandusky – Oakland Cemetery Interment Record Index. Reference librarians are available to assist you in using these resources. For local history researchers, the Library’s online catalog of archival images will be available for browsing. The digital version of Patty Dahm Pascoe’s book, Elected to Serve Erie County, is also available to researchers at these workstations.

For further information, contact our Archives Research Center staff at  419-625-3834 or by email at _________________ (insert group email link)

RULES FOR RESEARCHERS
When visiting the Archives Research Center, we ask that you comply with the Rules for Researchers (click here).   We want to ensure that these materials are protected from damage and loss, so they may be available for future generations.

Should you wish to donate materials appropriate to our collection, you can be assured that they will receive proper care. The Library is always interested in adding to the collection unique items related to the history of our community. If you have questions about any of these rules, please ask a staff member.

MICROFILM SCANNER AND READERS

The Sandusky newspapers, including the Sandusky Register, on microfilm is available back to 1822.  You can view and print using one of two microfilm reader/printers.

Using the microfilm scanner you can convert the microfilm to a digital file or print.  Please bring an 8 GB or larger USB for saving your files.

Reference Services staff is available to assist you.

REPRODUCTION POLICY AND REQUEST FORMS

Sandusky Library will make an effort to comply with patron requests for photocopies and other reproductions of Special Collections holdings.  A Request for Reproductions and Application for Permission to Publish Form must be completed for each request.  When possible, photocopies of the requested holding(s) will be made immediately.

Requests for photographic reproductions will be decided on a case-by-case basis.  Sandusky Library reserves the right to refuse a request for reproduction if, in the judgment of the Library Director and Administrator, Reference & Museum Services, reproduction would in any way compromise the condition of the original. Reproduction requests for the purpose of publication in any format should contain the following citation: “Sandusky Library Archives Research Center."

Individuals seeking reproduction of Sandusky Library photographs, documents, or drawings for personal, non-commercial use will be charged according to the photographic reproduction price schedule listed below.

Prices:
8×10 (or similar size) print………………… $10.00
11×17 (or similar size) print……………….. $20.00
22 x 28 Poster (or similar in size) print… $30.00
Digital Image (via email or CD)…………… $10.00

You may also purchase prints for personal use in your home or office.

To purchase prints, stop by Reference Services or the Archives Research Center.

RIGHTS OF OWNERSHIP - PERMISSION FOR USE:
Sandusky Library reserves all rights of ownership, expressed and implied, to its photograph, document, and drawing collections. Permission in writing from the Library Director is required before reproduction in publication is undertaken. Failure to credit material cited in publication to Sandusky Library Follett House Museum Archives will result in forfeiture of the future use of the collection and may result in legal action.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse a request for reproduction if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the request would involve violation of copyright law.

The publisher is to provide the Sandusky Library/Follett House Museum with one complete complimentary copy of the publication in which the image is reproduced. In the case of M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations, photocopies of the references to the illustration will be acceptable.

RESEARCH CHARGES FOR COPIES OF OBITUARIES AND ARTICLES

The Sandusky Library will provide obituary and article copies upon written request for a fee of $3.00 per copy (not per person as some people have several obits). Due to the staff availability, obituary and article orders over $25.00 may be handled by an independent researcher at the same rate that the Library would charge. For more information, please visit:

http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/index/partners/Sandusky.asp

Tours & Outreach

Tours can be a general tour of the Library or prepared to complement a specific lesson plan or topic. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance.

For Children's tours or presentations, contact:
Emily Kimball, Children's Services Manager, at 419-625-3834, Ext. 6048.
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For Adult/Reference tours or presentations, contact:
Dennis McMullen, Director, Reference & Readers' Advisory, at 419-625-3834, Ext. 6009.
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For Archives Research Center tours or presentations, contact:
Ron Davidson, Special Collections Librarian, at 419-625-3834, Ext. 6037.
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For Follett House Museum tours or presentations, contact:
Jeremy Angstadt, Museum Services Manager, at 419-625-3834, Ext. 6036.
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